Lake Superior State University’s undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program has been named one of the nation’s top programs by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research and policy organization.
This month, as part of a new book, Start Here to Become a Teacher, NCTQ named 120 undergraduate programs that excel in preparing teacher candidates to meet the demands of their careers. Using nearly two decades of extensive research in teacher preparation, NCTQ assessed programs on critical, evidence-based measures, including:
- Rigorous admissions process
- Emphasis on research-based approaches to teaching reading and math for elementary candidates
- Content knowledge for secondary candidates
- Training in classroom management strategies that work for all students
- Quality student teaching experiences
Of the 872 undergraduate programs reviewed, Lake Superior State University was recognized as a leader in the field.
“I am proud of all the hard work our faculty puts in to make LSSU’s teacher education program one of the nation’s best.” Dr. Rodney Hanley, LSSU President commented. “Our faculty developed this program to ensure students have real-world experience, and learn valuable classroom management skills that they will carry with them in their careers.”
“The universities named in Start Here are exemplary in their dedication to training the next generation of great teachers,” says Kate Walsh, NCTQ President and book author. “We commend these institutions for the thoughtful manner in which they’ve grounded their approach to teacher preparation in what research shows to actually be effective.”